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It’s Official: CBS TV Distribution’s ‘The Test’ A Go For Fall, Clearance At 56% of U.S.

By | Wednesday January 9, 2013 @ 10:45am PST
Nellie Andreeva

CBS Television Distribution just announced that it has sold The Test, a syndicated daytime strip from Jay McGraw’s Stage 29 Prods and hosted by actor-comedian Kirk Fox, into 56% of the country for a fall 2013 launch.

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Tribune Broadcasting is partnering in the production of the show, which is set to launch on 17 Tribune Broadcasting Stations, including in the three largest markets on WPIX New York,; KTLA Los Angeles and WGN Chicago. Overall, the show has been sold in 56% of the country, including seven of the top 10 markets.

Hosted by Fox (Parks And Recreation, Forgetting Sarah Marshall), The Test is a one-hour conflict-resolution talk show that will use lie detector and DNA tests to settle relationship and paternity disputes among guests. “The Test fills a growing niche in daytime television that the audience is really responding to,” said Joe DiSalvo, president of sales at CTD. In addition to Tribune, The Test has been sold to 29 Sinclair Communications stations, among others. Fox is repped by Barry Katz Entertainment.

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CBS TV Distribution’s ‘The Test’ Hosted By Kirk Fox A Go For Fall 2013 Launch

By | Tuesday January 8, 2013 @ 5:21pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

With NBCUniversal’s talk show hosted by comedian Steve Harvey emerging as the sleeper syndication talker hit this season, CBS TV Distribution, which struck out with The Jeff Probst Show, is betting on a first-run show starring another comedian for next fall. The company will be rolling out The Test, a syndicated alternative talk show hosted by Kirk Fox (Parks & Recreation) after clearing it in a majority of the country with Tribune as a launch station group. The Test, produced by Jay McGraw’s Stage 29 Prods. and distributed by CBSTD, will resolve disputes with the help of DNA and lie detector tests whose results will be revealed on the show. Production is slated to begin in the next several months. The Test was one of two syndicated shows built around DNA testing that were developed for next fall, along with MGM Television’s Paternity Court.

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